Astronomers just spotted the farthest galaxy we've ever seen — and the closest we've ever come to viewing the Big Bang.
This galaxy, called GN-z11, existed just 400 million years after the Big Bang — or 13.4 billion years ago. Hubble was able to pinpoint the galaxy's location by measuring the light it emitted.
"We've taken a major step back in time, beyond what we'd ever expected to be able to do with Hubble," Pascal Oesch, lead author of the new study, said in a statement. "We managed to look back in time to measure the distance to a galaxy when the universe was only 3% its current age."
This discovery beat the previous record by 150 million years.
GN-z11 is about 25 times smaller than the Milky Way and only has 1% of the mass of our galaxy's stars. But it's churning out bright new stars at an extremely fast rate. That's why Hubble was able to spot it from such a great distance.
Here you can see a video animation of where it's located:
One of the most interesting parts of the discovery is that previously astronomers believed that galaxies this bright and far away didn't exist.
"The discovery of GN-z11 showed us that our knowledge about the early universe is still very restricted," Ivo Labbe, an astronomer who also worked on the study, said in a statement. "How GN-z11 was created remains somewhat of a mystery for now."